‘Rude’ college freshman sends list of demands to roommates

UCLA dorm room (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
UCLA dorm room (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

WESTWOOD, Calif. (CBS News) – One of the trickier parts of navigating dorm life is getting along with the roommate(s).

Many college students do their best to try to get along or bond right away.

But one incoming freshman named Ashly has clearly gotten off on the wrong foot. She emailed a list of demands to her roommates, and she hasn’t even met them, reported CBS Los Angeles.

The girl’s prospective roommates posted the letter on Twitter and Instagram.

It read in part, “I DO NOT want the single bunk where it has a desk underneath the top bunk so don’t try to leave me with that.”

She also let them know, “I’m taking one of the white closets.”

Many students reporter Amy Johnson spoke to called the letter “rude” or worse.

Some expressed shock over the email.

“It’s kinda harsh,” said one student.

Ashly also went on to say, “I want the desk that’s near the window. Plain and simple. I don’t care who gets the bottom bunk…just now (sic) what I stated above is what I’m expecting once I arrive at the dorm.”

She didn’t end there.

“I won’t be in the mood for any arguing or other nonsense because one of you two decided to deliberately disregard this email.”

Student Kathy Han, also a freshman, was taken aback.

“She’s a freshman right?” Han said, “And I just thought, coming in, you want to have the best relationship with all your roommates, and I don’t think that is how she handled that.”

The email in question was reportedly sent two days after Ashly sent another but got no response from her future roommates.

“I think it was just kind of weird for her to assume they were ignoring her,” says freshmen Cindy Ngo. “It was just a day or two.”

When one of the roommates wrote back to say she wasn’t ignoring the email, Ashley reportedly wrote back that she’s “not a people person.” She also said she could be “really chill” or “like a ticking time bomb.”

Because she felt ignored, Ashly also reportedly wrote, “Sorry but not that sorry for the attitude. I don’t like being ignored because that’s just rude but that’s what you both decided to do so I decided to make it clear now on the kind of person I am and what I will and will not take.”

Han said she didn’t think the demands were as outrageous as the way she said them.

“She could have been nicer and compromised with her roommates,” Han said.

Winnie, one of Ashly’s prospective roommates, wrote to Johnson and said, “I don’t feel comfortable taking this situation further than it already is. I respect Ashly’s wishes, and she is probably already going through a rough time.”

Johnson contacted the school and UCLA said they were “aware of the situation” and added they reached out to everyone involved and want to end it amicably so the students can enjoy life on campus as Bruins.

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